Red Wings pro scout Glenn Merkosky was named to the AHL’s Hall of Fame this weekend–as Merkosky is a legendary member of the Adirondack Red Wings–and Merkosky spoke with the Albany Times-Union’s Pete Dougherty about the honor:
Merkosky ranks in the top 15 in AHL playoff goals, assists and games played. He won three Calder Cups, given to the AHL champions — two as a player and one as an assistant coach.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Merkosky, 57, had his entire family on hand, including a brother who surprised him by flying in from western Canada.
“I came to Adirondack at a great time,” Merkosky said in his acceptance speech. “The Detroit Red Wings were building, they had great ownership in the Ilitches. The Ilitches would show up for playoff games and take the trips in from Detroit and take a real interest in our team. They treated us great and became a part of our lives. As an American Hockey League player, to have a relationship with the owners of your National Hockey League team, like we all did, was something special.”